Review the questions and answers below to try to sharpen your Premiere video-transfer skills. And take a few moments to tackle my short quiz.



I get a report that there were "dropped frames" during the batch capture. What's going on?


If you experience dropped frames, you may have too many programs running in the background that are interfering with video capture. In Windows, press Ctrl+Alt+Del to see a list of software operating in the background. If it's more than three or four (Explorer and Systray are usually all you really need), you might disable some of them. Use care here. Your system may have some unique characteristics. If you're capturing analog video, you may be using an outdated codec or one with too high a data rate.


When I open the Movie Capture window I don't see an image in the video monitor and I can't control my DV camcorder.


This could be one of several things: Your camcorder is not turned on (if you're using a battery, it might be in sleep mode), you have it in Camera mode instead of VCR/VTR, or you have not inserted your tape.



In the movie-capture process, you have to manually add a header and trailer to each clip to ensure you have enough footage to do transitions. How do you automate that in batch capture?


Put some number of frames in the Capture Handles dialog box. Access that feature by opening the Batch Capture window, clicking the handy little arrow in the upper-right corner of that window to open a fly-out menu, and selecting Handles. Then type in the number of frames you want added before the in-point and after the out-point (30 frames equals one second).


If you'd rather use A/B editing (despite my sage advice), you may still work with two monitors? Source and Program. How do you change your A/B workspace from a single monitor to two monitors?


The easy route: Click the little double-monitor icon above the monitor (the one on the left, not the one on the right; it's a special editing tool). Alternatively, click that handy little arrow in the monitor's upper-right corner to open a fly-out menu and then select Single View.


Why should you create a project video clip file folder on a drive other than the one your operating system is on?


Your operating system regularly accesses its hard drive, even when your computer is otherwise idle. If that happens while you are viewing or transferring a clip, this may interrupt the flow. You also should install Premiere on a drive other than the one you're using for your video clips.

    Part II: Enhancing Your Video